The NSA explained that there are several reasons why people may not receive the second vaccine.
“There are cases, unfortunately, there are people who received the first dose and then died. Not because of the vaccine, but because of age or disease. [also] Cases of people getting Covid-19 soon after the first dose, especially in the spring. They had to wait a certain amount of time and only now could they receive a second dose. Some people have been waiting for the moment when it could be allowed to mix different vaccines – if the first is AstraZeneca, the second could be Pfizer or Moderna, ”said Inga Vasiljeeva, a spokeswoman for the NSA Vaccination Projects Division.
At the same time, the NSA did not hide the fact that there were people who simply changed their minds about continuing the vaccination after receiving the first dose. “Yes, there are people who have very serious side effects and they don’t know if this is normal or not, and they are skeptical about the second dose and whether there will be more serious side effects,” Vasilyev said.
So far, no one has hunted those who missed the second vaccination, but the NSS plans to do so within a month.
“For some vaccines – Pfizer or Moderna – it is very important that the second dose is not given earlier than a certain period of time. Of course, this period can be a little longer than what is written in the instructions, ”Vasilyjeeva explained.
The NSA also confirmed that a single dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine did not provide adequate protection against Covid-19.
Currently, four Covid-19 vaccines are approved in the European Union: Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), but AstraZeneca is no longer used in Latvia due to low demand. The Janssen vaccine requires only one dose and the other two.
A weekly immunization record was set for the week beginning May 24, when 116,876 people were vaccinated. But in mid-September vaccination rates have dropped to 31,000 people a week. Despite slow vaccination efforts, the National Health Service estimates even at the current rate, 75% of the population will be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the year.